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October 14, 2011

Hi! We've officially reached the midpoint of the semester. I've been swamped with midterms all week, but it's officially fall break! My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I can't wait to see her. When a parent visits, it means good food off campus and a chance to explore LA! It'll be kinda tough to update you guys on everything that I've been doing the last couple months, but here are some pictures I've taken that'll give you an idea of what I think is interesting/funny/worth taking a picture of. The Oxy Weekly published a story about Ben Stiller buying the rights to the story of Caltech's first basketball victory in 26 years.  This victory was over Occidental. It's a funny/sad situation. ...

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October 13, 2011

Hello everyone! I'm Aseem, and I'm also sorry it took me so long to get around to posting on the blog. I've been busy with settling into the rhythm of college life and living in a new country, so I've just been soaking up the experience. Now is the time for me to begin "wringing my mental sponge" and telling you all about it! I'm getting seriously into photography so many of my posts will be photo-heavy, please bear with me there. The campus and the area around are so picturesque and quaint that I can't resist snapping lots of photos. I've been experimenting with long exposure photography for the last week or so, and here's one of the results! I took this...

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October 10, 2011

I always tell fellow Oxy students that if they don't travel outside the country during their four years here, it's a shame. Beyond the traditional study abroad experience, there are so many other ways Oxy will fund an international trip. My first opportunity came when I was given a Davis Project for Peace grant. Because Oxy is awesome, at least one proposal from a student here is guaranteed to be funded every year. Lucky for me, that meant I would be flying over to Ghana in the summer after my sophomore year. My proposal involved digging a well, installing solar panels and rain harvesters, and leading community workshops in a rural village. The idea was inspired from my first volunteer visit there during the summer before I enrolled at Oxy, when I was introduced to a number of rural communities in northern Ghana that were having issues adapting to climate change. Once on the ground, it was quite an adventure. The rainy season...

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October 8, 2011

Hello All! Sorry I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks; life has been Crazy with a capital C.  Last week was Informal Greek Recruitment, so I was busy up the wazoo.  Not to mention that I had two papers, two exams, and a karate competition.  In case you aren't familiar with recruitment, basically it's a week-long series of events for those who want join the Greek community.  It starts with a general meet-and-great session with each sorority, then a philanthropy event on night two, a preference dinner on the third night (where you get dressed up and indicate your top 2 choices), and finally bid night, where you hang out with your new sisters! It's a lot of fun,  but it does take a lot of time.  You have to do a lot of planning in advance, i.e.,when you're going to do your homework.[gallery columns="4"] On...

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October 7, 2011

Two weekends ago Vote For Equality held their biweekly canvass at Occidental College.  Vote For Equality is the activist/community organizing arm of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.  Occidental College has its own sub-branch Vote For Equality that is all student organized and run.  I have been involved with Vote For Equality since this past May and started interning there in September.  The canvass overall had a massive turnout of over 80 people.  The turnout at Occidental College tied for the most turn out that Vote For Equality has ever had a canvass.  Below are some of the photos from the canvass. Enjoy!!! [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

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October 5, 2011

These past few weeks have been pretty turbulent. Let's address my title backwards. Since the beginning of the year the weather has mostly been like this :

Hot hot hot hot

Until today that is. Today, we woke up to this:

Not Gene Kelly, that would be too good to be...

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October 4, 2011

It's pretty hard to write a post detailing the last 3 months of my time in Cape Town, but I will try to fill you all in. I've been remiss in posting... I'm volunteering, taking 17 credits, Pan-African dancing it up (questionable on my part), and living with a wonderful host family. I pass out at, like, 10PM on a lot of weeknights. Except Wednesdays and sometimes Thursdays, because those are good nights to go out! Spring break was September 3-12 and it was INCREDIBLE. I went to Mozambique, Swaziland, and Kruger National Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Every part of our trip was hilarious, even when we were driving in a truck (classic... tourists in Africa) for ten hours from Jo'burg to Swaziland. We drove all over Mozambique and visited Inhambane, Vilanculos, Maputo & Xai Xai. What that means is that I basically spent six days visiting incredibly beautiful beaches in Mozambique, quad biking, dancing, and eating delicious meals around the camp... Read More

October 3, 2011

Hi everybody! So it's been nearly 6 weeks since my last post, and I apologize for the hiatus! The start of the school year is always so busy, and my schedule is so packed this semester! In a good way, of course. I'm involved all over campus and even a little off campus too! This year, I'm the secretary of Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha. We just had our Informal Fall Recruitment, which was a very busy week but so worth it because we were able to welcome 19 new pledge babies to Alpha tonight! I love being an officer because it allows me to give back to an organization that has given so much to me already. I also have a little sister, who I am guiding through her pledging process. In addition to Alpha, I'm also the Editor in Chief of Her Campus Oxy, which is a new thing that I started prior to the semester's beginning! Her Campus Oxy strives to provide a place for college-women to...

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October 2, 2011

Junior year started off really busy and hectic! First was getting used to my busy schedule; I had class every day, Thursday being the packed one, and then I had work for 3 hours. Aside from work and school, I also had to juggle family life and Greek life.  To update people on things, my cousin had her first baby and it was a very exciting thing especially since all my other cousins (who had children) had them in Guatemala. See my parents are from Guatemala and most of our relatives still live there so I have not really been involved in my cousins’ life so having my cousin here with a baby is exciting. I haven’t been around babies so I was a little hesitant to hold her but once I did, I didn’t want to let her go. But unfortunately I had to leave her and return to school. Rush week/Informal Recruitment was the following week so everything had to be ready. Informal Recruitment is one of those weeks that you are excited about but...

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September 29, 2011

Weird title for my first post, eh? A Tribe Called Pauley happens to be the theme of the hall I am living in this year. I live in Pauley, the multicultural themed residence hall on campus. What's unique about living in Pauley as a first year is that there are not only freshman living in your hall as with the other first-year halls, but there are upperclassmen too. Don't feel intimidated to consider Pauley because there are people older than you. It really actually makes things a lot easier.  It is really nice that you can go to them when you need help or advice. Pauley is great because I feel like there is such a strong sense of community here, hence the theme of our hall (although it is also a reference to the hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest).

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